Monthly Archives: December 2014

Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas

Another tradition is that the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” was sung as a catechetical lesson.  Here are the catechetical meanings of the symbols:  Partridge in a pear tree = Jesus
2 Turtle Doves = The Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = The first Five Books of the Old Testament, the “Pentateuch”, which gives the history of man’s fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle’s Creed

Whether the tradition is accurate or not, it’s a lovely thought and a great way to keep Christ in Christmas.

The Epiphany of the Lord

Epiphany:  (1) a moment in which you suddenly see or understand something in a new or very clear way;  (2) a Christian feast celebrating the arrival of the Magi (the Three Kings) in Bethlehem, the baptism of Jesus Christ, and other miracles ends the twelve days of Christmas.  When have you suddenly seen or understood Jesus Christ in a clear way?

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On the Feast of St. John, Apostle and Evangelist: do we tire of hearing this sermon?

A persistent story has it that John’s “parishioners” grew tired of his one sermon, which relentlessly emphasized: “Love one another.” Whether the story is true or not, it has basis in John’s writing. He wrote what may be called a summary of the Bible: “We have come to know and to believe in the love God has for us. God is love, and whoever remains in love remains in God and God in him” (1 John 4:16).st. john

Dec23

Official English text from the Liturgy of the Hours:
O Emmanuel, king and lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.


Official Latin text:

O Emmanuel, Rex et legifer noster, exspectatio gentium, et Salvator earum: veni ad salvandum nos Domine Deus noster.


More literal English translation:

O Emmanuel, God with us, our King and lawgiver, the expected of the nations and their Savior: come to save us, O Lord our God.